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obama will be meeting with republican leaders over lunch to talk about ways to tackle government spending. the debate on where to cut and how much is heating up. kate amara has more from washington. good afternoon. >> good afternoon. today, president obama system with his republican rivals from the house, one day after the commission -- the congress signed off on what would be the largest budget cuts in history. >> on the lunch menu, the economy with a side of spending. president obama posting top republicans, including john boehner and eric cantor. >> there will be heavy discussion on the economy and on spending. >> with the national debt at a staggering $14 trillion, the focus in washington is on fiscal restraint. >> people are angry about bridges to know where. >> republicans and democrats generally agree something needs to be done, but clashed over how much and what needs to be done. >> we need to replace the culture of spendthrift in washington with a culture of thrift. >> is really about shining a spotlight on specific spending items that do not make sense. >> funding for g
the job of the agents to do what the principal asked them. why didn't president obama, why didn't tom donovan, why didn't the people around the president say what's going on in egypt? that guy is 83. what will happen next? >> in fairness, they were getting warning signals. he had the egypt working group ahead for some time. there were instabilities. be prepared for this. what he was going to do about it to prepare, what were they going to do? press harder, talk about it more? there were signs the precise timing, the catalysts for it they didn't know. you're right, they didn't upset. the hill is upset. chris: we have all of these groups out there at the national democratic convention, soft groups to encourage democracy, teach people how to win elections and all, didn't they know about the social media going on over there with facebook and organizing? >> i think maybe there's a false premise here that if you know what's going on, we can do something about it. >>y. >> what can we do? chris: who would we be rooting for right now? who would be bank rolling? >> to some extent america rootin
. president obama used to point to big spender george bush but after putting down his third straight trillion dollar deficit, the president is the one stuck with the big spender label. why would republicans help him lose it? finally, playing hard to get. new jersey governor chris christie is the only republican who beat barack obama in the polls but he insists he's just not ready. was he born to run? hi, i'm norah o'donnell. chris matthews is off today. his msnbc special on bill clinton's post presidency airs monday night. we're all looking forward to that. welcome to today. with us the huffington post's howard fineman, nbc's kelly o'donnell. "atlanta journal-constitution"'s cynthia tucker and politico's john harris. first up, america broke? the urgency of our debt crisis is long talked about but now is really hitting home. on the state level we seen the face-off between governors and public employees. most dramatically out in wisconsin. on the federal level, there's a growing sense of the fury that brought in the tea party might lead to a bipartisan deal on entitlements. here's a graphic tha
obama as his motorcade step 5. his destination was this a great environmental science class of parkville middle school. -- this 8th grade science class. he went to get look at the science technology engineering and math programs. >> to been to start out by taking class's in each of four subjects from applied engineering to environmental science gradually focusing on one subject over the next couple of years. >> the president says he wants to model the programs like the one here at parkville across the nation. that is welcome news where the county school superintendent. >> this validates when we have been doing here in the baltimore county with regards to paring -- preparing students in stem education. >> first of all, the kids say hi. michelle says hi. happy valentine's day. have you guys been exchanging valentines? >> 6:00, more from the president and from some of the student team met today. by that parkville middle school, tim tooten, wbal-tv 11 news. >> the president is calling for a 20 toller billion increase in education funding. -- $20 billion increase. republicans pounced calling
. the obama admintration ss e decision to step down is a positive first step. >> the egyptian government and military now seem to be an agreement that president mubarak's adopt a more symbolic role. the president emphasized that his new position and he left hero and whzero showing that is no longer in the capital directing the day-to-day affairs of the country or managing the crisis. yesterday, he handed over his authority to the vice president. today, the army said it was excepting that transfer of power and said it would act to guarantee that the aspiration of the egyptian people are met. free and fair elections will be held and there will be no retribution against the demonstrators. the army is putting its credibility on the line but so far, the demonstrators are not accepting it. they don't trust the process even now that the army says it will guarantee a car they want mubarak to leave egypt and fear that ehe could even come back and change the system again. >> their reaction to the resignation is coming in quickly. this is what a few of our facebook friends had to separate"wow, i ho
on this accident, we will advise you. >> talks are underway between the obama administration and top egyptian officials for a possible immediate resignation of president hosni mubarak. this is demonstrators blood cairo's main square -- flood the main square. sally kidd has the latest. >> anti-mubarak demonstrators called this the day of departure. they want hosni mubarak to leave immediately. president obama says the transition process must begin now. >> the transition must initiate a process that respects the interests of rights of the egyptian people and leads to free and fair elections. >> the bios is talks are underway with officials at all levels of the egyptian government -- the white house says talks are under way. >> the government must take concrete steps. >> the steps could include mubarak leaving office immediately and handing over power to an interim government backed by the military. some analysts say the obama administration has been careful to support the pro-democracy demonstrators without directly calling for president mubarak's ouster. >> i think we will not be remembered in
in the national spotlight courtesy of a visit from president obama. >> the president will come to parkville middle school. this is one of the budget parted he will lay off today as he presents his budget proposal to congress. the president stressed the need to invest in education. be at thisn will afternoon's presidential appearance and will provide a full report and noon and 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. you can watch the president on our website, wbaltv.com. >> education is one battle line. tracie potts has more from washington. budgetident obama's new plans to reduce the deficit just over one trillion dollars by limiting tax breaks for the wealthy. >> this budget asks washington to live within its means while investing in our future. >> he wants to spend more on energy and infrastructure. more programs for college but not before the summer. >> we're doing what every family does well sitting around the kitchen table. >> there are cuts in medicare. less government help for people who cannot pay their heating bills. fewer community block grants. >> no matter how popular these programs are, they have mor
on democrats like president obama? joining us, more from james baker, reagan's chief of staff, former reagan speech writer peggy noonan, former mayor willie brown and andrea peggy noonan, former mayor willie brown and andrea mitchell. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. we go first live to cairo where nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel is joining us again live on the scene in cairo. richard, what is the latest there? >> reporter: there appear to have been major breakthroughs after negotiations today between members of the opposition and the vice president of egypt. according to a government statement that we just received, egypt has made several very significant concessions. one, two end the emergency law that has been in place in this country since 1981 as soon as security on the ground here permits. two, to allow more candidates to run for president, to allow greater freedom of the press , o suspend future meetings of parliament until allegations of corruption and electoral fraud are flushed out, to respect and appreciate the youth movement in th
. >> baltimore becomes the backdrop for a key issue on president obama's agenda. good afternoon. i am sarah caldwell. that is our big story this afternoon. investigating -- investing in america's education system, a big theme, and maryland is in the national spotlight, as president obama visit a school that he says it showcases the need for continued investment. tim tooten has more on the presidential visit. >> the president's visit to parksville was as much political as it was educational. mr. obama arrived at parkville middle school at 10:00 this morning. he had been planning this for some time it is visit to the school was short and sweet, lasting less than one hour. he stopped by an eighth grade science classroom. the white house says that the president pick to the school as the kind of school and program that the country needs to invest in. >> students in the magnet program here start out by taking courses in each of four subjects, from applied engineering to environmental science, gradually focusing their studies on one subject over the next couple of years. visit is partnt's of a bro
is president obama. i'm not sure that boehner comes off that well. on this business of shutting down the government, we are talking about the political effects of it. there is a country here to run. whoever gets the blame for shutting down the government, we are a country at war. we have people at war in iraq and afghanistan, and you are going to shut down the government? the public at large is going to be very negative and it is vital which side gets the blame for shutting it down. >> you are 65, 70 or 80 years old. you go to the mail box and your check hasn't come in for social security. who do you blame? >> i think they are going to blame whoever is in office. people are set up. they are saying i cut back on my spending. my family is making sacrifices. i can no longer use my homes a ena a.t.m. machine. they say i changed this in my personal life. why can't the government do the same? chris: our regulars, including john, who is here, if there is a government-shut-down, who would win the p.r. win? >> 11 say the president wins. only one, peggy noonan says wall street wins. are you th
. >> word came as obama made a trip to baltimore county receive one baltimore county school. he made his way to parkville middle school in center for technology. he was there to discuss the importance of math, science, and technology, saying education is an investment to win the future. tim tooten has more. >> do you guys do a lot of group projects like this? >> president obama spent time with a grade students -- eighth grade status. he was impressed by what he found. >> right now the school is preparing our kids for the jobs and careers in the 21st century. it is a school that north is what kids are paired critique passionate about and prepares them for success. >> the present hosted model programs like this across the nation. he was able to connect the students and their projects. >> he was fascinated by how we could apply an actual cost to a project. >> he was really interested in what we were doing, more than just being a political figure in going around to schools. >> he was interested in what we were doing and what we had to do with education. >> when he started interacting with us, he
obama says the gop plan threatens the economy because of president obama is selling the virtues of this 20 all the virtues, republicans are trying to cut down this year's spending plan, by more than $60 billion. >> the american people sent us here to change the way washington works of. >> the house began work on a bill that would cut government spending. democrats don't have the votes to stop it, but they are trying to slow down. >> the working man and woman of this country. >> the bill has virtually no chance in the senate, where democrats still run the show. congress has to do something by march 4 to prevent a government shutdown. >> with the republicans headed in the direction they are, that is a possibility and that is too bad because republicans want to create jobs, john boehner said he is not a word about government jobs. >> if some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it, we're broke. >> a showdown on the bottom line on capitol hill. president obama is threatening to veto the bill if it undermines >> welcome back. a beautiful sunrise this morning. it will a decent color.
.m. this morning? president obama holds a strategy session while house members begin their third day of debate on the spending bill. while you were sleeping, house lawmakers were debating, how to spend your money. >> it is puzzling while the -- that the majority would pose these cuts. >> our job is to create jobs here a home. >> workers or working on amendments to address the last seven months of the fiscal year. house republicans are trying to cut $61 billion from federal agencies. >> but not at the cost of our future and our jobs. >> the government could run at of money and shut down if spending legislation is not signed by february -- by march 4. >> democrats and republicans need to feel ownership of a plan. >> members voted to scrap $450 million in funding for new military jet engine. >> that is what the election showed us in november. people wanted change. >> conservatives will work to cut arts funding as democrats try to restore money to family planning programs. a final vote is expected by the end of the week. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> when you look of the vote on the fighter jet
. >> if you have not planter valentine's day celebration yet, there is still hope. >> president obama will roll out his 2012 budget tomorrow, but the political battle is already underway. republicans say the president is not cutting enough, but they are not just fighting him, they are fighting each other about the bottom line. >> president obama is about to unveil his 2012 budget, and it would slash one trillion dollars in spending over a decade. >> the budget asked washington to live within its means, while at the same time investing in our future. >> republicans say investing is just code for spending more, and they will not do it. >> this is not winning the future, this is spending the future. next president is calling for cuts in programs ranging from the forestry service to low- income heating assistance. even cuts to community organizers like he used to be. >> the notion that we can do this painlessly, it is not possible to do it painlessly. >> the cuts are short of what was suggested. >> this president has been punting. >> while republicans by the president over dexter spending
arrived in malta. and within minutes of the arrival, the obama administration announced sanctions. muammar gaddafi has been killing of anti-government protesters. here is latest. >> we want to pressure the regime in libya to stop killing its own people. >> sanctioned details are still being worked out. the white house announcement was rushed. gaddafi urged his loyalists to keep fighting. we will kill them, he screamed at a rally in the capital, tripoli. they fired at protesters. 2000 libyans are dead by one account. down the coast, the libyan rebels are battling to march to aaa. hundreds of americans got out of the -- tripoli. hundreds of americans got out on a ferry. they are -- obama is putting pressure calling on nicolas sarkozy saying the dictator had to leave. u.k. prime minister sent gaddafi a warning about war crimes. >> the world is watching you and the world will hold you to this. >> gaddafi could be put on trial for killing peaceful protesters. those are some of the options under a concession -- discussion at the un and being weighed by president obama. wbal-tv 11 news. >> there
with the latest developments and more on the u.s. response. >> president obama is speaking with british and french leaders to court may response to the situation in libya. and it brought more bloody clashes to the streets of libya. he returned to state television in a rambling phone call that accused protesters on being on hallucinogenic drugs and blamed osama bin laden. the obama administration had little reaction to his comment. >> officials said there was pressure to end the violence. >> i don't want to specify that one is going to happen and what is not going to happen. >> they plan to act quickly, the swiss government ordering a freeze on his assets. they're pushing for a human rights investigation. the situation demands urgency, it is unclear what he could do next. >> anything is possible given what he has been doing so far and the tactics he has been resorting to. he is becoming increasingly desperate. >> he threatens to blow up libya opposed to oil pipelines. president obama said today that he thinks the situation will stabilise. >> surveillance cameras capture a very scary scene. a man in
.s., president obama broke his public silence on the violence calling it, quote, outrageous and he said his highest priority is protecting u.s. citizens as the state department worked to evacuate them from libya by ferry. those efforts have been delayed by weather. >>> the device in wisconsin over bargaining rights is deepening after a prank phone call that the state's governor put a spotlight on potential motives behind that controversy. here is michael isakoff. >> reporter: publicly, the governor has said the fight against union rights is to balance the budget. in a phone call he thought he was having with a major phone donner, walker provided his critics with evidence that his real motivation has been about crushing public unions. >> this is essentially about having the taxpayer used to pay to lobby with the taxpayer money. it's ridiculous. >> reporter: the caller was believed to be david koch. in fact, he was talking to a left leading journalist posing as koch. >> this is our moment. >> reporter: the governor's plan would force the government to contribute with pension and benefits, sev
sdloo this morning on "early today," rethinking reform. the obama administration puts the brakes on the call for a new leadership in egypt. >>> drug tragedy along the border with mexico claims the live of at least two americans. border with mexico claims the live of at least two americans. >>> and handbag hero. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with compromise in cairo. the united states is reconsidering a push for swift reform in egypt, calling for a slower pace to progress, easing the call for a transition to power and president hosni mubarak to step down. whether egypt protesters accept the timetable for his stepdown remains to be seen. >> good morning, everyone. according to the country's constitution, that would trigger an election and given what's going on there right now. there are questions as to whether they could organize free and fair elections in such a short period of time. but the government is doing something to appease these protesters. the new cabinet has alleviate the outrage of the economic
political change as the country heads towards re-election 37. >>> budget showdown. president obama proposes a plan to slash the definite is the by more than a trillion dollars. but republicans say it's pot enough. >>> and grammy gold. who were the big winners on the recording industry's biggest who were the big winners on the recording industry's biggest night? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> that lowe and good morning. today we begin with a new path in egypt. following weeks of protests that brought down the regime of now former president hosni mubarak, egyptians are looking to the future with a cautious optimism. egypt's army is now firmly in control and has made sweeping changes that have been so far welcomed by pro democracy protestors. military leaders have imposed martial law, dissolved the parliament and suspended the constitution. the army says it will be in charge only until elections are held, which could take place as soon as six months from now. meanwhile, normalcy is starting to return to cairo. military police moved into reopen tahrir square to traffic. and i
will lead to a surge in violence. >> president obama stressed that america is and will be there for both egypt and its people. >> we want all egyptians to know that america will do everything we can to support an orderly and genuine transition to democracy in egypt. >> and the egyptians here and america were paying close attention. we spoke with some living in our area and we are joined from the newsroom with their reactions. >> immediately after the announcement was made, there was a lot of emotion. you could sense out angry everyone was. now they are worried for the future. >> this is a popular cross- section of the egyptian the community. instead of the usual exchange of pleasantries, they comfort each other. >> this is crazy. >> -- was watching in disbelief as media reported the recent developments. he is frustrated to hear that the president will transfer power to the vice president and not step down. >> i am worried. i am very worried about egypt. everyone is happy if he leaves. everyone was worried. >> president mubarak refuses to step down until this term is finished. he has made
%. >> finishing second, mitt romney, just one of the gop heavyweights. >> this is the obama mystery index. it is at a record high. >> they heard from underdogs that may or may not step into the ring. >> our america is -- an agenda is america's agenda. >> i have never had a book signing. >> the hardest shots were reserved for president obama. >> not only do we face a crisis today, we do not have the leadership in the white house that can deal with it. >> this year, the tea party is demanding to be heard. >> if we do not do what we were sent here to do, this revolution will overrun us. >> these conservative share a common goal. >> winning the white house in 2012. >> there is no clear road map. >> i have not yet heard our plan. >> for conservatives, a preview of 2012. >> still had come up mothers take to the nation's capital protesting for their right to breast feed in public. find out why hundreds braved the find out why hundreds braved the cold to run in >> hunters have fun in their underclothes this weekend. this is the second year of the undie run taking place in the nation's capital. do
on the scene with the latest. >> president obama says egypt will never be the same. i am kate amara in washington. >> of the lombardi trophy is heading back to title town. was your favorite part of the game? >> on friday, it looked like winter weather was heading to our way. the forecast as we continue. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good monday morning. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. >> things are pretty quiet. tonight, it could get messy. we have some rain coming in. this is not a big storm. don't expect any trouble. werewolves be smoothed for the morning commute. partly cloudy skies. -- we will have a smooth morning commute. it will be mostly cloudy by this afternoon. 44 for a high temperature. this rain could change to snow. there could be some minor accumulations. we will check the seven-day forecast. first we say good mo
on that story. good morning. >> today, president obama sits down with his republican rivals from the house. one day after a congressional panel signs off on what would be the largest budget cuts in u.s. history. on the lunch menu at the white house today, the economy, with a side of spending. president obama hosting top house republicans, including house speaker john boehner and majority leader eric cantor. >> without a doubt, i think there will be a heavy discussion on the economy and on spending. >> with the national debt at a staggering $14 trillion, the focus in washington is on fiscal restraint. >> people are angry about bridges to nowhere. >> republicans and democrats generally agree something needs to be done, but clash over where to cut and by how much. >> a lot of people around the country think we operate here in washington with a culture of spendthrift. we need to replace that with a culture of thrift. >> a bipartisan group of senators floated an idea to give the president a new kind of line-item veto. >> it is really just about shining a spotlight on specific spending items that do
want to write it down on your hand. anyway -- >> president obama sat down with bill o'reilly for a wide ranging interview during the super bowl coverage. mike viqueira is at the white house with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's a super bowl tradition. an interview with the network airing the game. the president continued to walk the political and diplomatic tight rope on egypt while where you shalling -- brushing off personal attacks. mr. obama sat down with a frequent critic, bill o'reilly where the subject turned to egypt and hosni mubarak. >> only he knows what he's going to do. here's what we know. egypt is not going back to what it was. the egyptian people want freedom. >> reporter: he's come close in recent days. >> an orderly transition must be meaningful. >> reporter: president obama would not call for mubarak to step down before september elections. >> what we can do, bill, is we can say that the time is now for you to start making a change in that country. >> reporter: while conceding that there are anti-u.s. elements within the muslim brotherhood, the pr
of whaps happened in egypt? and back home, president obama hosted a trio of republican leaders at the white house for lunch on wednesday. the common theme -- finding some areas for potential compromise. >> it was a very good lunch and we were able to find enough common ground, i think, to show the american people that we're willing to work on their behalf and willing to do it together. >> but with the president's budget being released tomorrow, will both sides be able to work together on some issues, even as battle lines over spending and the deficit take center stage? >> joining me now, the speaker of the house, representative john boehner of ohio. mr. speaker, welcome back to "meet the press." >> david, good to be with you. >> i want to talk about egypt, this is a developing story. you heard rick santorum, former senator, might run for president, voicing the view of some republicans, that we were hasty here and that the united states walked way way from a stalwart ally and we don't really know what the consequences will be. is that your view? >> well egypt has been a strong ally of the un
in cairo where thousands of egyptians continue to celebrate. this afternoon, president obama hailed the revolution, the people of egypt has spoken and the country will never be the same. he said the nation's fight for democracy is not yet over. >> but this is not the end of egypt's transition. it is the beginning. i am sure there will be difficult days ahead, and many questions remain unanswered. but i am confident that the people of egypt can find the answers, and do so peacefully, constructively, and in the spirit of unity that has defined these last few weeks. >> it is not just in cairo and across egypt, people all across the world have been watching this revolution unfold, including egyptians who were living here in maryland now. gary sims continues our team coverage live from woodlawn. >> we are at the islamic society of baltimore. we found egyptian americans who were very happy with what happened and very proud of what has happened. not only here at the islamic society but throughout the area. we also felt people who have been joining in on the celebration who are from other c
, the sky's the limit. >>> also tonight his wife says president obama has quit, though not his day job. "nightly news" begins now. test. >>> we're following a high stakes stand-off thousands of miles from where we are. the crowds in the main square in cairo just got bigger again today. they say they will leave when president hosni mubarak leaves. the problem is, the regime isn't going to end. mubarak isn't going anywhere for a while. and he said tonight egypt can't put up with these protests for a long time. at stake, control of egypt. the future of that country and both sides are well aware of that. again tonight we go first to our chief foreign correspondent richard engel in cairo. >> reporter: this stand-off could be heading back to a confrontation. tonight the government put down a marker, it said it can't tolerate indefinite demonstration, but the protests are getting bigger. crowds in tahrir square swelled to hundreds of thousands again, the biggest in days. their demand remains unchanged. the crowds were also energized by an emerging leader, a young blogger and google executive
was gone. cairo erupted. other governments sat up and took urgent notice. as president obama put it today, egypt will never be the same. cairo is still roiling with excitement and celebration where richard engle again begins our coverage. richard, what a day and good evening. >> reporter: good evening. there are still people out in the streets. they are cheering. they are saying can "with our souls, with our blood, we sacrificed for egypt." and they believe with this uprising that is what they have done. the people have risen up and toppled a police state. it was supposed to be a day of defiance. after friday prayers, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in tahrir square. they had a message for president mubarak. no compromise. they would not accept mubarak's plan to remain in office while transferring authority to his vice president. but by mid-morning the army seemed to be backing mubarak saying it would guarantee his promises of reform would be carried out, and sending a message. the army would make sure people got democracy, but now go home. but the demonstrators didn't giv
receives a $3. -- congress receives a $3 trillion budget from president obama. >> kate amara has more from washington. >> after delivering his budget to congress, president obama travels to baltimore to visit a middle school to let key priorities for education in this 2012 spending plan president oba. >> this budget asks washington to live within its means while investing in our future. >> it includes one trillion dollars in deficit reduction. 2/3 of that in spending cuts. many domestic programs will be frozen. limit tax deductions for the wealthy. >> the notion we can do this painlessly is not possible to do this. satiric we have to make tough choices. >> republicans say the cuts to not go deep enough -- we have to make tough choices. >> in a letter signed by one of the 50 economists, john boehner said it washington spending binge is hurting the economy. >> cutting spending will help create a better environment for job creation in america. >> he is calling on the president to support efforts to slash $61 billion from the current year. sharp cuts to the peace corps and then squeeze billion
, even presdident obama thought he'd step down. >> we are witnessing history unfold. it is a moment of transformation that is taking place. >> but mubarak won't budge, turning over command to his vice president, but vowing to stay on until september. disappointment in cairo and here in the u.s. >> i honestly expected him to resign today. when he didn't, it was such a letdown. >> what happens now? will the military turn on protesters? will a coup force mubarak out and threaten $1.5 billion in u.s. aid? >> there will be a danger of violence now because of the anger. so the stakes are higher. >> the u.s. is pushing but promised not to interfere. >> the regime is circling the wagon in preparation for a confrontation not only with those who are behind the uprising, but also with the united states. >> the crowd here expected to reach record numbers today. in a statement, president obama said it is not clear that mubarak's latest action is immediate, meaningful, or sufficient. from washington, tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a grand jury has indicted a man in the murder of a dancer from
more. >> president obama will meet with senate democrats at the white house today to talk about the budget for 2012 and to talk about spending right now. >> this new majority will keep our word with the american people be quashed the house back to work on a sweeping round of budget cuts. the $61 billion package would slash funding for hundreds of federal programs, from the peace corps to homeland security. >> it is in fact the single largest rescission package in the history of this commerce. >> the measure was advanced despite a veto threat from barack obama. >> it is important to make sure that we do not try to make a series of symbolic cuts this year that could endanger the recovery. >> democrats called the gop cuts dangerous. >> this legislation will destroy american jobs while harming middle class families, young adults, singers, and even our veterans. >> john boehner says it is time to get serious about spending. >> since president obama took office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. >> the government could run out of blunt and shut down the spendi
, the obama administration has suspended some high level contact wes pakistan and may downgrade the status of an upcoming diplomatic meeting. u.s. officials say it's an attempt to pressure pakistan to release an american diplomate. washington insists the man has diplomatic immunity and shot the pakistanis in self-defense as they tried to rob him at gun point. >>> first lady michelle obama confirms the president has given up his decades long smoking habit saying, quote, it's been almost a year since he lit up. layer today, mrs. obama will be on the "today" show with her campaign to end childhood obesity. >>> cell phone video shows the terrifying moment when a vehicle crashed with a truck. judging by the impact, officials say it's incredible no one was killed. >>> and a new poll weighs in on what super power most americans would love to have. topping the list are time travel and mind reading. flying came in third followed by the ability to telepost and be invisible. i'll pick all of them. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,233 after
in the united states, as well. in fact, initially, president obama also was hopeful that he would step down and answer the call of these protesters, addressing the u.s. before mubarak's speech, president obama said that we were witnessing history unfold, that this was a moment of transformation and that america would support an orderly and genuine transition in egypt. but that is not what happened. mubarak handed over power to his vice president, but said that he would stay on until september. after that speech, president obama issued a statement, a pretty lengthy one, saying that this was not a clear transition that is immediate, meaningful or significant, that egypt had not yet seized the opportunity for what he calls a credible and concrete transition, a path to democracy. now, the big question here this morning, the u.s. has been pushing, but how much influence does the u.s. really have in getting mubarak out and getting a new, legitimate government in? tracie, thanks so much. >>> in other news this morning, facing a mini revolt within the republican party, house speaker john boehner is
to come to terms on the nation's budget before it expires. meanwhile president obama is encouraging the nation's governors to work together as the standoff over union rights and budget cuts in wisconsin enters a third week. tracie potts joins us from washington with more. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. protesters may have been forced out of wisconsin's state capitol, but their budget battle continues with democrats hiding out across state lines preventing a vote on what the governor says could cost them 1500 jobs. he wants to make deep cuts including cutting collective bargaining for state employees. governor scott walker on "meet the press" says if they don't act soon, the state could lose $155 million by tomorrow. now, here in washington, they're focusing on the budget, also. will there be a government shutdown by friday, democrats and republicans trying to come up with a compromise that at this point looks like it may include extending the current budget for another two weeks, but with $4 billion in cuts. the problem is they're looking at the smallest part of the budget and
, this nation pays a heavy price. ron allen, nbc news, cairo. >> the obama administration put into pressure on egypt today to come up with new reforms good ev evening to you. >> reporter: good evening. the president except part of his day on the phone and getting an update from the staff in egypt. at a prevyutly scheduled summit in germany, today secretary of state, clinton, addressed the progress and she warned that elements within egypt may try to derail reform. >> concrete steps that people who are engaged in it can believe is moving toward and outcome that will permit an orderly establishment of the elections that are scheduled for september. and that takes some time. >> reporter: but who would lead egypt during that time? while president obama and other u.s. officials have not publicly called for president mubarak to step down, in recent days they have left little doubt about it. >> he should be asking himself, how do i leave a legacy behind in which egypt is able to get through this transformative period. and i hope that he will end up making the right decision. >> reporter: today fra
days of speculation in the middle east, our nation -- president obama addressed the chaos. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters. >> president joe, -- president obama offered a warning to gaddafi yesterday. and the streets of libya, the fights are becoming more and more frequent and it appears that his control is faltering. >> we do not want to anymore. >> it is those people whom president obama is fighting with. >> the change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region. >> as the u.s. and other foreign nations were to get their nations out of libya, the affects of the turmoil continue to be felt around the world, including on wall street. [bell ringing] for a second straight day, the chaos pushed the dow down. oil prices past the $100 per barrel mark. and reported half of all production has now been suspended. humanitarian groups have put in the death toll in libya at more than 300. however, earlier today, an italian official said that it is closely --
. >> president obama taking questionsrom the old executive office building, reporters and analyst will chew over what was said. we will look all day long at some of the answers, how they apply to this budget process going on in washington to the process in egypt and beyond. for our team in washington and new york, i'm brian williams. nbc news. we'll see you for "nightly news" tonight. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] >> live, local, late-breaking - this wbal-tv 11 news in baltimore. >> another carbon monoxide leak at the dickey hill elementary school in west baltimore. is the second scare in as many weeks. good afternoon, exactly one week ago, a faulty steam cable in the cafeteria sent students home for that day. crews are faced with another co leak at the baltimore city school. we go live to west baltimore with the latest. >> we arrived this morning and we saw a parent's shaking their heads because they could not believe this was happening for another tuesday. one student had to be transported to a local hospital. fire trucks, ambulances, and bge cruz converged on the sc
on youtube. it's the second anniversary of the obama stimulus plan. the debt has increased. unemployment is still over 9%. the president says the stimulus worked. >> we're now growing again. we've seen 1.3 million jobs added in the private sector since i've been president. >> reporter: meanwhile, the clock is ticking. two weeks until the government could shut down. to prevent that, democrats asked boehner to agree to short-term economy. >> now he's resort to go threats to do that without any negotiation. >> reporter: but the speaker says no deal unless democrats and president obama agree to republican spending cuts. i'm steve handelsman nbc capitol hill. >>> meanwhile, demonstrators in wisconsin have chosen a tactic. they fled the state yesterday, reportedly checking into an illinois hotel. majority republicans need just one of the 14 democrats to show up for a quorum, which would allow them to vote on and pass the now stalled proposal. the plan would curb the bargaining rights of unions in order to make immediate budget cuts. thousands of workers have come out in protests, including tea
. >> plus, another massive gas- fueled fire. >> this is the obama misery index. it is set a record high. >> a possible presidential contender comes out swinging. hear what mitt romney had to say about the current administration. >> we are looking for a cold night tonight. we will have the seven day forecast ahead. 25 chilly degrees at the airport. 34 >> flames shot to the sky in eastern ohio. it took several hours to get everything under control. it gives you some idea of how massive the fire was. luckily it happened in a rural area. no injuries have been reported. the same cannot be said about an explosion in eastern pennsylvania. crews inspected a crater where a home once stood. five people including an infant at been confirmed dead. the fire burned for hours as crews tried to shut off the gas. following the explosion, flames spread so quickly there was little firefighters could have done. it is not known exactly what caused that blast. >> the investigation is over as to what caused the evacuation of a baltimore county school. gas fumes forced the evacuation. testing at the school rev
shape still lie ahead. >> president obama sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview. >> the president sat down with me to discuss a number of banks from his battles with republicans to his budget and even his fight to kick his cigarette habit. president obama is calling for both democrats and republicans to work together on tough issues like medicare and medicaid. >> that is not just coming from me on high. >> why not take the lead? >> some time is something is labeled as the obama-plan, it is difficult for republicans to support it. >> high-speed rail funding was rejected. >> it is a mistake on the part of the governors. you've got three republican governors who felt compelled to come out against a plan in part because we had originally opposed it. >> the president acknowledged that the administration is not doing enough to combat sexual assault in the military. >> we have to have a zero- tolerance attitude. we have to educate our troops on the front end. that is critically important. >> he confirms he has indeed quit smoking for good, no matter how stressful the jo
, but that is not what they heard. >> he gave president -- of power to the vice-president. >> earlier, president obama said he was following the developments and pledged the u.s. will do all it can to support an orderly and genuine transition to democracy. >> what is absolutely clear is that we are witnessing history unfold. it is a moment of transformation that is taking place because the fuel of egypt are calling for change. >> the military announced on state tv that it has stepped in to secure the country and promised protesters that their demands will be met. in washington, the cia director told the house intelligence committee the developments in egypt will have a tremendous impact. >> if it is done right, it will help us a great deal in trying to promote stability in that part of the world. if it happens wrong, it could create serious problems for us and for the rest of the world. >> president obama watch mubarak's speech aboard air force one and called for a security meeting at the white house. >> thousands of you received our breaking e-mail alert this afternoon telling you of the live video o
an orderly shutdown. >> it is like a high wire act without a net. >> he questions why president obama is not more involved. >> the white house should be working with senate democrats to come up with a counterproposal that would pass the test of reasonableness. >> right now, the two sides have very different definitions of what is and is not reasonable. a spokesman for john boehner said there are many ongoing conversations with democratic leaders. neither side will say whether any progress is being made. >> stay with us. there is more news ahead. >> she spent the day trying to motivate annapolis area students. the story, just ahead. >> orioles' spring training in sarasota. i should let you know that by the time you get back from the commercial break, i'll be back in the studio. >> there is a warming trend on the way. the details are coming up. >> she was in maryland to help celebrate black history month. >> she spins the morning speaking with hundreds of annapolis elementary and middle school students. >> she is making a name for herself torn the country -- touring the country. >> she
there is enough support to overcome it. gayii's governor signed civil unions into law yesterday. president obama has ordered the justice department to stop defending the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act, define marriage only between and man and woman. the president has previously expressed his personal opposition to the defense of marriage act but has never stated an opinion related to its constitutionality. much of eastern libya is no longer under government control today as people turned against muammar gaddafi. thousands of people have fled the country. >> loyalists or firing at random reported the at the libyan capital, now a war zone. thousands of foreigners are struggling to leave tripoli. the airport is crowded but flights are few. mass graves are already being done to protect muammar gaddafi is still believed to be in tripoli, but his world is shrinking. there is now another libya, firmly in rebel hands. we drove 300 miles into libya and quickly reached a city on the mediterranean coast. suddenly, we drove into a protest parade children shouted "freak lydia." -- shouted "
sanctions on the leader, his family, and close allies. president obama said the dictator should step down after two weeks the bloodshed on libyan streets. >> the draft resolution has been adopted. >> a unanimous vote on saturday night by the u.n. security council sent a strong message to muammar gaddafi. >> when atrocities are committed against in a sense, we must speak with one voice. today, it has. >> after a series of emergency meetings on saturday, all 60 members voted for stiff sanctions against gaddafi. the decisive move follows two weeks of violence. >> the international community will not tolerate violence of any sort. >> the council also agreed to refer the regime's deadly crackdown on protesters to a international court. the actions by the united nations, just hours after the white house issued a statement. president obama said, "when a leader's only means of staying in power is to use violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to role and must leave now." after stern words from the u.s. and international community, the world waits to see out gaddafi response. >
or not he will go to trial. president obama rolls out his 2012 budget tomorrow. the political fighting has already begun. it is set to slash a trillion dollars in spending by living within limits. republicans say that investing is code for spending more. there are cuts in forestry service, low-income heating assistance, even to community organizers like he used to be. >> this budget asks for washington to live within its means. >> this is not winning the future. it is spending the future. >> while republicans fight the president on the new budget plans, they are also fighting within their own party. president obama will be in our area tomorrow. he will visit students tomorrow. he will buy our key priorities in the 2011 budget and the importance of investing in education. when it comes to the economy, a valentine's day falling on a monday it made for a four-day weekend for retailers. they are seeing green cash and lots of it. >> at morton's steak house, they have been shining and cleaning and resetting tables a lot this weekend. falstaff for what has been called a fantastic four-day valenti
took place. >> this evening, president obama spoke about how the u.s. is walking a diplomatic tightrope trying to convince a long allied that he is overstepping. brian mooar has more from washington. >> celebration in relative frost after the new vice president began a dialogue with opposition leaders. president obama is trying to turn up the heat on hosni mubarak without fanning the flames. >> the president wants change. he wants it immediately. he wanted to meaningful and orderly. >> is devoted to know where egypt is headed because it is not clear who is in charge. -- it is difficult to know where egypt is headed. >> they are trying to get the right speed. >> a resolution may drag on for months. here in the states, demonstrators are still speaking out in a way most egyptians cannot. >> we are echoing the horses -- voices of those egyptians. >> plenty of reminders that change is inevitable. senator john kerry, chair of the foreign relations committee, says it will not be as important when mubarak steps down as how. brian mooar, wbal-tv 11 news. >> more coverage on our website, wbaltv.c
are a proud sponsor. >> the battle over spending cuts is expecting to grow next week when obama releases his 2012 proposal. >> there's a general agreement that something has to be done, but we're to cut and by how much, that is where the two sides differ. with the national debt and that -- at a staggering $14 trillion, people are looking for ways to iranians abandoned. >> we need to look for in every -- to rein in spending. >> we need to look in every nook and cranny. >> 1 lawmakers suggests a so- called disagree operations committee that would take an ax to the federal budget. >> look at every line, every page, but for duplicative wasteful spending. >> or how about giving obama a new version of the line-item veto. a group of senators voted about the version today. >> the chief executive needs this tool to get our fiscal house in order. >> he would send them back to congress for a mandatory up or down vote. >> it is about eliminating spending items that do not make sense. >> another idea is establishing spending caps and passing a balanced budget amendment. but they need to proceed with caut
in libya is spreading. the violence continues and president obama is speaking out. i'm kate amara in washington. >> temperatures warm enough to melt away the rest of the snow. the insta-weather plus forecast as 11 news continues right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thank you for joining us for 11 news today. >> meteorologist tony pann will be joining us. i guess the rain will take care of most of the snow. >> yes. and showers and spring-like thorges should start coming in this afternoon. right now skies clear. a beautiful sunrise. on the chilly side. but we should make it up into the uper 40's and the rain will move in west-to-east. probably 2:00 p.m. for most of you. up until that time, expect dry conditions. could be some rain for the evening commute. let's take a look at the roads. kim? >> good morning. serious thing we've got going on on the inner loop east at route 702 southeast boulevard. we've got a crash there blocking two left lanes and creating a backup. a live look at that in a mo
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